Have you ever read a news story that began, ‘according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information’ and wondered how you might do the same?
Have you come across a government document and wondered what went on behind the scenes before it was made public?
Are you eager to get past the official government messaging and PR spin to find out what was really going on behind closed doors on issues that are important to you and the community?
If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, and if you have never filed a freedom of information request, then we have the workshop for you!
On September 23rd, join us for a Freedom of Information skills training workshop facilitated by Mike Larsen. Mike is a Professor of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and co-editor of Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (UBC Press, 2012).
By combining an overview of access to information law with hands-on request-writing exercises, this workshop will provide budding journalists and newcomers to FOI with basic practical skills to start tackling your own FOI research projects.
If you are really keen to get started, get yourself a copy of our brand new educational resource– Access in the Academy: Bringing ATI and FOI to Academic Research. It’s one of the first resources of its kind in Canada, and it has lots of practical information on how to make a FOI request.
This eBook is available at the FIPA website and we also have a limited number of print copies still available by request (contact catherine [at] fipa.bc.ca for details).
When: Monday September 23rd, 2013 | 10 AM-12 PM
Where: The People’s Law School, 900 Howe Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated
Snacks and light refreshments provided
RSVP with your name, email, phone number, and institutional affiliation (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on September 19th
Registration is limited to three seats per order
Attendance is capped at 40 attendees
Check out the ‘events’ category to see the rest of our fall programming, including:
Sunshine Summit 2013, hosted by Privacy and Access Council of Canada in Victoria, B.C.
Privacy and Access 20/20: A new vision for information rights, hosted in Vancouver by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
And if you’re in Ottawa, the Canadian Bar Association is hosting the 4th Annual Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium while Ottawa University Law School and the Information Commissioner of Canada are jointly hosting the Germain Briere Day and Right to Know Day 2013 Conference.